December 17, 2018

I don’t know if you noticed it but the chapters in our reading today all centered on prayer and how God moves mountains(obstacles in the way) when we come believing in Him by prayer.

In Revelation 8 our prayers are said to be a sweet smelling incense to God. Our prayers are what activate the power of God. They are like a match igniting gasoline! Mountains of sinners were about to be moved because God was beginning to judge them. God collects all of our prayers and when the time is right he answers. The key is to be persistent.

In 2 Chronicles 20 there were a mountain of enemies coming to attack Judah. So immediately King Jehoshaphat prayed and the Holy Spirit came upon Jahaziel and he prophesied to the King and the people that they shouldn’t be afraid or discouraged because God had heard their prayers and He would fight the battle for them. They were to believe this prophecy and stand firm on it. Again the prayers of the King and the people activated the power of God and God influenced the invading armies to kill each other. Now that is some power! The enemy in your life, bad habit, critical spirit, family, health etc, can seem like an immovable mountain but it’s not.The key is to be persistent and trust God first thing.

2 Chronicles 20:20 (NLT) — 20 Early the next morning the army of Judah went out into the wilderness of Tekoa. On the way Jehoshaphat stopped and said, “Listen to me, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! Believe in the Lord your God, and you will be able to stand firm. Believe in his prophets, and you will succeed.”

In answer to Zechariah’s question about the future of the temple God told him to tell Zerubbabel that the temple that he started to be rebuild sixteen years ago would be completed. Zerubbabel was not to get discouraged because God would remove that mountain of incompletion and help Zerubbabel and the people finish the temple because they would be empowered by the Holy Spirit of God. You may not be completely spiritually mature yet. Maybe there is an area that you have struggled in for sixteen years or longer. This may have frustrated you. Don’t give up. God isn’t finished with you yet.  Call on the Holy Spirit to help you. Set aside your own will power. Quit gritting your teeth. Yield to the very capable Holy Spirit just like you yield to the urge to go into the coffee bar and get a chocolate latte. Jesus yielded to the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit raised Him from the dead. He can raise you to spiritual maturity. Be persistent in your prayer.

In John 7 we see that this chapter sits under the shadow of a mountain of unbelief. Jesus’ way over this mountain was for us to believe in Him and He would personally send the Holy Spirit to help remove that mountain. Are there areas in your life where unbelief overshadows belief? Call on Jesus to send the Holy Spirit. Be persistent in your prayers. At the right time your belief will overshadow your unbelief.

John 7:37–38 (NLT) — 37 On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! 38 Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’ ”

From Pastor Jeremy’s sermon yesterday > “Passionate Persistence in Prayer Provides a Powerful Payoff”

I believe our Heavenly Father is absolutely thrilled when we pray:)

Be Inspired Hilltop!